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November 2, 2013

Rebuild of Town Creek culvert begins

Work will stop flooding to area businesses, town officials say

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The grant requires Salisbury to maintain the project once completed, and a maintenance platform will be built to enable that. The platform must be large enough to hold machinery that can remove debris if debris causes clogging, Harrington said.

According to the project’s design, instead of one, there will be two culverts built with two tide gates, to improve more than just the flood threat. The new design pleased state and federal environmental agencies, he added.

“This is an important project,” Harrington said. “It will prevent the flooding of Town Creek and the devastating impact that flooding had on local businesses. The (second) culvert will improve the natural flow of water in and out of the salt marsh and enhance the indigenous species of fish and the marine population and environmental health of the salt marsh.”

Lamprey was particularly happy to hear the work at the Town Creek culvert would improved the hydraulics of the salt marsh, for he believes a good portion of the flooding problem is the sluggish flow of water in and out of the area.

“I’m excited this is actually going to happen,” Lamprey said. “We know the water flow has been restricted. Hopefully, with the work they’re going to do, water will be able to flow in and out of the salt marsh better, and improve the salt marsh overall.”

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